Thursday, November 18, 2010

Make Your Own Almond Milk

Is the cost of almond milk, or the thought of trucking litres upon litres of mostly water from California to your doorstep, or perhaps its thin blandness dragging your enjoyment of a dairy-reduced diet into the mud? Here's an easy and cost-effective way to make your own fresh almond milk and can be adjusted to suit just how you like it. I've developed this quick recipe based on a single serving, so multiply as needed based on number of servings desired.


What you'll need:

1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup water (nice and local); or to taste
1/4 tsp. natural vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp. honey or maple syrup (optional)

Soak almonds in water overnight to activate the nuts' natural enzymes. Blend on high. Strain by pouring through a wire strainer* into container or glass of choice. Pour over cereal, into tea or coffee or drink on its own.  Homemade almond milk is a yummy, digestible, cleanse-friendly way to get your calcium boost!

*Tip: use leftover nut bits as a base for pesto, mix into oatmeal, a protein shake or something you're baking....those proteins and fibres are highly nutritious and versatile!


Substitute raw cashews or great Canadian hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds) in the same proportions in this recipe for an even creamier texture.  Play with the proportions of nut/seed to water to make your homemade "milk" thinner or creamier and to vary the flavors.  Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein, beneficial oils, and minerals. Enjoy!

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